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Vintage 1980s Victor Costa Teal Taffeta Evening Dress
Victor Costa is most notably known for designing evening wear. Born in Texas he began his career in fashion when he got his first sewing machine in the 1950's at the age of 11 years old and started sewing dresses for his classmates! Later he attended the Pratt Institute in New York and then went on to study and work with design and couture in Paris. He designed Bridal gowns for the fashion house of Murray Hamburger where he learned the value of detail which later became evident in his one of a kind handmade crushed roses which became a trademark on his Bridal gowns. At a time, when there was very little fashionable ready-to-wear, American clothiers often would purchase designs from the famous European fashion houses of such well known designers as Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. These patterns were then copied and reproduced for the American Market .....one might say that this practice resembled studying the masters! Victor Costa became known as the "Copy-Cat King"! By copying couture he learned his trade and this set him apart. In 1973 he started his own design house and continued throughout the years to create clothing with sensational shapes and sillouettes. He was once quoted as saying that he would not be satisfied with "wishy-washy, plain Jane" or "nondescript things" and when anyone sees the lovely evening gowns that he is well known for, one must certainly agree with his comments. Victor has in the last few years designed several lines of clothing for two home shopping networks. "Victor Costa Occassions" was offered on QVC, but , of late, Costa has left that network to design for ShopNBC with a clothing line presented under the label of simply, "Victor". This beautiful evening gown is so typical of the Victor Costa style....just look at the unusual use of pleating in the neckline and the sleeves! The material is a beautiful deep teal polyester and nylon taffeta which light and comfortable to wear. The plunging neckline is accented with two layers of pleats which go over the shoulders and around the back neckline. Just below the waistline there is another section of pleating. The waist is complimented by a sash belt that hooks at the front with double bow. The inside of the bodice is very well finished with no raw seams and the skirt has a built in crinoline that gives the gown, just the right amount of flounce. The stunning use of pleats on this outstanding example of Costa's talent for creating fine eveningwear could never be called "Plain Jane"!
There is the very faintest bit of discoloration in the armpit area which might have come from deodorant...not very noticeable at all (see photos). On the front of the skirt in the area under the pleating, there are several very faint stains. Again, I feel I must mention these issues, but they do not compromise the loveliness of the garment.
Label: Victor Costa
Size: There is no size label.....but, judging from the measurements, I would say this dress is probably a Size 4.
Shoulder to Shoulder across the Back: 13"
Armhole Opening: 18"
Shoulder to Waist: 15 ½"
Waist to Bottom Hemline: 43"
Length of Belt: 29"
Circumference of Skirt: 86"
This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America(CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild(VFG).
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Teal, Size: 4
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Bonnie Shriver, Available upon purchase, VA
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